Health Minister Joe Phaahla on Thursday 23 June 2022 confirmed South Africa’s first case of monkeypox, saying the disease was detected in a 30-year-old male patient from Johannesburg who had no history of having travelled. What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is harbored by certain animals, most likely certain species of rodents in […]

Mental Health Awareness Month 2022

The month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month with the objective of not only educating the public about mental health but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to. Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and job stress are common, affecting […]

Understanding the Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A coronavirus identified in 2019, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a pandemic of respiratory illness, called COVID-19. How does the coronavirus spread? As of now, researchers know that the coronavirus is spread through droplets and virus particles released into the air when […]